Saturday, February 5, 2011

Jill Matheson's Honey BBQ Wings

Jill is married to my uncle Jerry, and she enjoys cooking for him and her two sons, who are now grown. She shared this recipe with me and it is really good!

Jill's Honey BBQ Wings

20 chicken wings
2 cups oil*
2 cups flour (unbleached)
2 Tbls. Lawry's Seasoned Salt
2 Tbls. Mrs. Dash (Regular season)
1 tsp. garlic powder
1- 18 ounce bottle Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce*
1/4 cup honey

Mix all dry ingredients in large Ziploc bag; set aside.
Put 2 cups oil in large frying pan, heat on medium heat till hot (350 degrees).
Shake 4-6 wings at a time in flour mixture and fry in hot oil till crispy.
Place wings in large casserole dish with lid or use foil.
Combine BBQ sauce and honey, then brush over wings. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes covered, then uncover and bake another 30 minutes. Serve with favorite foods.

* Use a safe oil such as virgin Palm oil for the frying.
*Avoid high fructose corn syrup by using a brand that does not contain HFCS or use a homemade version.

Lulu's Banana Split Cake

This recipe was given to Lulu by her late mother-in-law, Anita Clark, who was a fabulous cook. This is rich, delicious, and sure to get raves.

Lulu's Banana Split Cake

2 cups graham cracker crumbs
1/2 cup melted butter*
1 cup (2 sticks) butter*
2 eggs**
16 ounces powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
16 ounces crushed pineapple in its own juice
4 bananas***
1- 8 ounce whipped topping****
1/2 cup chopped nuts
Maraschino cherries (optional)

Combine graham cracker crumbs with 1/2 cup melted butter, and press in bottom of 9" x 13" pan.
Cream 1 cup butter, 2 eggs, sugar, and vanilla and spread over crust.
Drain pineapple, reserving juice to drink, and spread pineapple over creamed mixture. Slice 4 bananas over pineapple.  Spread whipped topping over top and sprinkle with nuts. Add a few maraschino cherries if used.
Chill 8 hours before serving.

*Original recipe called for using 1 cup margarine, but to make this heart healthy I've replaced with butter.
** Do NOT use store-bought eggs raw. For this recipe use farm fresh eggs to greatly reduce possibility of salmonella
***Dip bananas in fresh lemon juice to reduce incidence of browning and keep fresh looking before adding to the cake.
****Original recipe called for Cool Whip, but a better alternative would be to whip your own cream or use Reddi Whip.

Lulu's Death By Chocolate

YUM! The name says it all.

Lulu's Death By Chocolate

1 box chocolate cake mix
1 large can chocolate pudding
1 large tub chocolate whipped cream (Cool Whip) or use regular Cool Whip
6 Heath bars, crushed

Make cake mx according to box, let cool.
In large casserole or trifle dish, start with cake by crumbling 1/4 of cake and then layer 1/4 of pudding, 1/4 of whipped topping, and 1/4 of Heath bars. Continue to layer like this till done. Refrigerate till cool, about 4-8 hours.

Tips: You can make your own cake.
         Use instant pudding made with milk for better taste.
         Use chocolate Reddi Whip for real whipped cream.

Lulu's Mexican Dip

Lulu's Mexican Dip
(Given to her by Robyn)

1- 8 ounce pkg cream cheese
8 ounces sour cream
1 can refried beans
1 jar mild taco sauce
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

In 9" x 5" casserole dish, layer ingredients in order given. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes. You can layer any vegetables you want on top. Serve with tortilla chips.

Lulu's Chicken Cordon Bleu

Lulu's Chicken Cordon Bleu

6 boneless chicken breasts
1- 8 ounce pkg Swiss cheese slices
1- 8 ounce package cooked ham slices
3 Tbls flour
1 tsp paprika
6 Tbls butter
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 chicken bouillon cube
1 cup heavy whipping cream

1 Tbls cornstarch

Pound chicken breasts flat between two pieces of waxed paper. Fold cheese and ham to fit on top of chicken, roll and fasten with toothpicks.
Combine flour and paprika and coat chicken.
In 12" skillet over medium heat, melt butter and cook chicken till browned on all sides. Add wine and bouillon, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove chicken from skillet to serving plate.
In small bowl, combine heavy cream and cornstarch until well mixed. Gradually stir into skillet, cook, stirring constantly until thickened. Serve over chicken. Serves 6.

Lulu's Sausage Meatball Soup


Lulu's Sausage Meatball Soup

6 cups chicken broth

7-8 potatoes, cubed
4 thinly sliced carrots
2 small onions, sliced into rings
3 Tbls butter
1 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
1 pound sausage
1 cup milk

In soup pot, bring chicken broth, potatoes, carrots, onions, butter, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to a boil. Roll sausage into small (1") balls and drop into boiling pot; cook for 30 minutes. Turn heat down to a simmer and add milk. Simmer an additional 10 minutes. Serve with garlic bread, if so desired. Makes 4-6 servings.

Lulu's Ham Sandwich Casserole

Lulu's Ham Sandwich Casserole

2 cups cooked rice
4 large potatoes
2 cups diced ham
1 cup Cheddar cheese
1 cup Swiss cheese
6 slices bread, cubed
2 eggs
1 cup milk

Boil potatoes till soft, then cut into cubes. Combine potatoes, rice, ham, and cheeses. Place in a 9" x 13" pan. When potatoes are done preheat oven to 400 degrees while cubing potatoes.
Blend milk and eggs. Place bread cubes evenly over casserole. Pour egg mixture over top. Bake uncovered at 400 degrees until crust hardens, about 45-60 minutes. Serves 6-8.

Lulu's Stuffed Shells

Lulu is my cousin and takes this dish to most family gatherings. This has become her signature dish as she made it up from ingredients that she and her family love.

Lulu's Stuffed Shells

1 box jumbo shells (24-26 shells)
1 (24 ounce) large container cottage cheese
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded Mozzarella cheese
1 pound sausage
4 Tbls parsley
1 pkg (6 ounce) broccoli cuts, frozen
1 can (16 ounce) chicken broth
Garlic, salt, and pepper, to taste

Prepare shells according to package directions; cool.
Cook (fry) sausage and parsley till done.
Cook broccoli till tender.
Ina large bowl add broccoli, sausage, 2 cups cheese, and remaining ingredients except for shells and broth. Stuff shells and place in bottoms of two pie pans. Pour half of broth in each pan. Divide remaining cheese between pans and sprinkle over tops. Cover with foil and bake at 400 degrees for 45 minutes.

Irene's Superb Meatloaf

Irene's Superb Meatloaf

1 1/4 pounds ground chuck
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup cheddar cheese, cut up into cubes (optional)
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 medium green pepper, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped thin
1/2 cup milk
1/3 cup Italian bread crumbs
1 Tbls. parsley
Salt and pepper, to taste
Dash paprika
3 slices bacon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Combine all ingredients, except bacon, in a bowl and combine well. Form into a loaf or oval and place into a pan. Lay strips of bacon on top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour. Bacon should crisp up.
Remove to paper towels to drain before placing on serving platter to serve. About 4 servings.

Irene's Amish Custard Pie

An old-fashioned pie that is good on cold winter nights. These are the kind of pies farm women made the working men who came to help in the fields. An easy pie that the entire family can enjoy.

Irene's Amish Custard Pie

1- 9" unbaked pie shell

1/3 cup sugar
2 tsps flour
1/2 tsp salt
3 eggs
3 cups milk
1/4 tsp nutmeg

Make a one crust pie dough and line a pie pan with the dough, crimping edges and trimming excess; set aside.
In a bowl, combine sugar, flour, salt, and eggs, mix till smooth. In a saucepan, heat milk to boiling point. Add 1 cup milk to the egg mixture mixing well, then add the remainder to the milk in pan and stir well so the eggs do not cook, Pour batter into unbaked pie shell. Sprinkle nutmeg over top. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes until pie sets up and is cooked through.

Irene's Seven Layer Bars

Who can resist these easy bar cookies that are so rich and decadent?

Irene's Seven Layer Bars

1/2 cup butter
1 cup graham cracker crumbs
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 can sweetened condensed milk (NOT evaporated milk)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt butter in a 9" x 13" pan in oven. Sprinkle graham cracker crumbs evenly over butter. Sprinkle evenly in layers the chips, coconut, and walnuts. Pour condensed milk evenly over all. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool in pan, then cut into bars. Store in tightly covered container.

Tips: Use only real butter.
        Pecans can be substituted for the walnuts.
        The graham crackers are easily made into crumbs in
        your blender or food processor.

Irene's German Chocolate Cream Pie

Yum! A lovely frozen dessert that you can keep on hand and in the freezer for up to two months so you will have something special for when company comes by, or you just want something special. Pull out of freezer and let set for about half an hour before slicing and serving.
Irene's German Chocolate Cream Pie

4 ounce pkg. German Sweet Chocolate, grated
1/3 cup milk
2 Tbls. sugar
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 1/2 cups whipped topping, thawed (like Cool Whip)
1- 8" graham cracker pie crust (homemade or bought)

In small sauce pan over low heat, combine 2 Tbls. milk with the chocolate, stirring to melt.
Beat sugar into cream cheese; add remaining milk and chocolate mixture, beat till smooth. Fold in whipped topping, blending till smooth. Spoon batter into prepared crust and swirl around to fill evenly. Cover and freeze until firm, about 4 hours. Garnish with chocolate curls, if desired. Makes about 8 servings.